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Born Iosif Visarionovich Dzhugashvili in 1879. His birthplace was a town called Gori in Georgia. Born into crushing poverty, and beaten by his drunken father, he was steered with the help of his stern mother into education at a Seminary during his teens.

Here he disovered literature (then banned) by Karl Marx and became influenced by a small group who met secretly to discuss his concepts. From these experiences, being exposed to Marxist ideology, he rejected his religious education and became an atheist and professional revolutionary.

Firstly adopting the pseudonym Koba, a romantic fictional character of Georgian novels he read, he became obsessed with Lenin and the revolutionary movement occurring against the Tsars in Russia.

A bank robber, and ruthless agitator, he spent alot of time in Siberian exile, earning himself a reputation as a committed revolutionary.

Later he changed his pseudonym to Stalin, meaning Man Of Steel, and rose through the ranks of the Bolshevik faction of the Social Democratic Workers Party, although he was not able to fully penetrate the inner intellectual circles of the movement until the Bolsheviks took full power in 1917.

He was never considered a theorist or fellow intellectual by members of the top ranks in the movement, but his genius was demonstrated in the loyalty and influence he had garnered when orgainsing the rank and file of the revolutionary movement. His power base lay firmly in the grass roots. He used this to gain control of the Party and rid the revolution of his Nemesis, Leon Trotsky.

His second wife, Nadezhda Alliluyeva became his lover while he fought against Tsarist forces during the Russian civil war following the revolution. She shot herself dead in despair during the 1930's, during the time of the Ukrainian famine, a result of Stalin's polices of forced collectivisation. And, vindictive subjugation of those who opposed him.

When he took power, Stalin then ruled with ruthless disregard for human life for nearly quarter of a century until 1953. The revolution was turned into his own tool of revenge and narrowmindedness, the state reorganised into his own personality cult.

Killing millions with his polices of modernisation and collectivisation, he transformed the Soviet Union into a major world power, and at one time the second largest industrial giant (America being No 1). But the human cost leaves his achievments tainted permanently.

The Soviet Union's role in the Second World War was instrumental in defeating the Nazis, and this is sorely and disrespectfully not recognized.

A great man, no doubt, but great for too many wrong reasons. A Modernizer, and mass murderer.

He had the affectionate name Uncle Joe attached to him by American propagandists who wanted to create an image of the man in which the American people could trust, while the anti-communist USA was allied with the USSR during WWII.
"Lenin left the people a great legacy, and we his heirs have fucked it up"

Stalin upon hearing of the Nazi invasion of the USSR- 1941.
by Jim Jammy December 31, 2004
 
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a stalin is an enormous boner
emma: yo did you check out mr. petkus' stalin?
monka: ya, that shit was huge
by bk May 09, 2006
 
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Not the ideal person to represent communism, but moderately successful nonetheless.
Q: Why was Stalin so successful?

A: Because he was in-STALIN the five year plans.
by Socialist Realism May 11, 2006
 
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Stalin is man now becomes a symbolfor the revolution which is by the people
people means worker classfor the people
of the people.The great proletariat leader
who dictates against all the ghosts (like
imperialists,feudalists,..)of people.
Comrade Joshef Stalin of USSR
by gkmstr May 17, 2005
 
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A pretty cool guy, who kills aliens and doesn't afraid of anything
You know, Stalin's a pretty cool guy. He kills aliens and doesn't afraid of anything.
by sinbadthesailor April 18, 2009
 
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Stalin was a hardass motherfucker who made the USSR into a major world power. And here is a little "fyi" for all of you ignorant pricks. Most of the countries who joined soviet union WANTED to join the Soviet Union, no force involved. You know why? Because Russia took up almost half of the motherfucking globe.Everybody knew that they sided with a powerfull ally.Remember the armenian genocide? Yeah, guess who saved their asses from the Turks. If it wasn't for Russia armenians would've been wiped out from the face of the earth.

Why do you think capitalists wanted Soviet Union to fall?
Because they couldn't stand the idea of another country being more powerfull then they are.And of course that's why they ranted about "oh communism is so evil". What's so evil about it? The idea behind communism is simple - "everybody is equal" Everybody gets the same privelages, no one is higher then someone else. When you were a middle class worker in Soviet Union at one time the goverment would GIVE you (for free) food, apartment, even a vacation. All of that for FREE, just because you were a hardworking citizen?
If you don't beleive me , research it... And now tell me, if you call that evil? Of course communism doesn't work perfectly in a human society because we haven't reached "that level" yet. But the idea is ideal.
And now take capitalism, if you want to talk about something evil. Capitalism depends on wealthy high class people, underminding the common folk. Therefore everybody is greedy and always wanting more and more. And that is how the system collapses.

Now back to Stalin...Yes he killed millions of his own people, yes he ruled with an iron fist but that had to be done in order to enforce law. Think about WW2, if Stalin would've been a little pussy and just said "Oh, okay you can fight if you want to but...you know...you don't really have to" - If that would've happened then the nazis would've taking over the whole Russia in a matter of months. Because think about it, without a strict leader, armies would've just surrendered. There would've been chaos everywhere.
But instead Stalin showed the nazis whos the boss and kicked their asses all the way to fucking Berlin.
Then came the aftermath of World War 2, I don't know if you guys know what it feels like when half of your country is laying in ruins but that's what happened to Russia. Half of the country just wiped out. Do you think all of that would ever been rebuilt if people wouldn't get of their asses? Because it is in human nature to sit on your ass until somebody forces you to get up. And that was what Stalin did.

Okay,Im sorry I went off on a rant here but ignorant people just piss me off.My final point is that although Stalin's ways were ruthless they got the job done.And beleive me if USSR wanted world domination they would've done so a loooong time ago.Afterall they were the strongest world power.
P.S. Just because your parents told you communism = bad, capitalism = good doesn't make that true and just because you've decided to jump on "USSR sucks" bandwagon doesn't make your views right either. The way I see it is that you don't even have a say in this until you've done your research.

And to clear things up, I am not saying Stalin was a great leader, he was actually pretty brutal but I can understand his views and agree with some of them...
by Punkundrcovr69 October 31, 2005
 
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Great man who rebuilt Russia not once, but twice.
Stalin had to save Trotsky from Trotsky.
by Bolshevik May 09, 2005